August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – ArtsNFashion Magazine presents “Welcome to Ramallah”, a play by Sonja Linden and Adah Kay at Swedenborgh Hall, 4144 Campus Avenue, San Diego on Fridays and Saturdays from September 7 through 30 at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturdays.
The play tells the tale of a Palestinian man, Daoud, in love with a Jewish woman, Mara. Together they are trapped in an apartment in Ramallah in the West Bank, along with his uncle and her sister. They are forced to confront the painful history of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.
August 30, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2012 Fall/Winter calendar of classes and events. Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. Classes are taught by professionals, with offerings for both adults and children. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To enroll call 619-660-0614 x 10. Below are descriptions of upcoming offerings on everything from landscape design basics to raising urban chickens.
- U.S. economy expands more than anticipated (BBC)
- Isaac reduces to tropical storm, lashes Louisiana (USA Today)
- Do wind turbines cause forest fires? (Bangor Daily News)
- Army issues multi-billion dollar solicitation for large scale renewable and alternative energy production for federal installations (Foley)
- Republicans highlight Romney nomination, but poll shows low popularity (ABC News)
- Romney: I’d cut PBS, Obamacare, arts subsidies (CBS News)
- McCain: America “can’t afford” another Obama WH (CBS News)
- President Obama answers questions on Reddit-AMA; read his full answers (CBS News)
- publicans hate Obama’s defense cuts. The trouble is, they voted for them (Washington Post wonk bl
- Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on abortion: Rape is just another “method of conception”(RawStory)
- Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words (FoxNews.com)
- Al Qaeda followers call for death of Seal who wrote Osama bin Ladin capture book (Washington Post)
- Venezuela investigates alleged massacre in Amazon village (Reuters)
- Romney: Nuclear Iran “unacceptable” (CBS)
August 30, 2012 (San Diego)--After several consecutive years of declines, crime rates in San Diego County are on the upswing in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year – however, both violent crime and property crime rates are still the second lowest in the past ten years, according to a SANDAG report released Tuesday.
The region’s mid-year violent crime rate is 3.70 per 1,000 residents, an 8 percent increase from mid-year 2011, with jumps recorded in homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. The mid-year property crime rate is 21.38, 7 percent higher than in mid-year 2011. The region saw increases in all types of property crimes with the exception of non-residential burglaries.
By Mark Gabrish Conlan
August 30, 2012 (San Diego) – Just when you thought the political season couldn’t possibly get any weirder, Missouri Congressmember Todd Akin — the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill — told a sympathetic local TV interviewer that he didn’t think the federal government needed to pay for abortions for victims of rape or incest because he didn’t think victims of rape or incest could get pregnant. “From what I understand from doctors, that’s extremely rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”
BILL TO HELP OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY SPOUSES CONTINUE CAREERS HEADS TO GOVERNOR; PART OF WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE
August 30, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, that requires the California Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite professional licensure for the spouses and domestic partners of active duty military service members, tonight passed the Assembly Floor on a 78-0 vote.
“The spouses and partners of our military families make great sacrifices – relocating frequently and interrupting their own career paths and earning power,” Block said. “Helping spouses re-establish their careers aids our military families financially and has the added benefit of putting talented and licensed individuals to work in our state.”
August 30, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Southern California town declares emergency over quake swarm (Reuters)
- Sale of Padres becomes official (10 News)
- U.S.-Mexico border: efforts to build a virtual wall (BBC)
- New poll shows DeMaio trailing Filner in mayoral race (10 News)
- San Diego’s morphing water policy (San Diego Free Press)
- Charges against same-sex marriage activists dismissed (10 News)
- No fines for unpermitted UT car museum (Voice of San Diego)
- 19 wind turbines burned, 9 damaged in Jawbone fire (California Wildfires Today)
- Reactions pour in to public pension reform (Sacramento Bee
- Are you eating genetically modified foods laced with pesticides? (San Diego Free Press)
By Brian Lafferty
August 31, 2012 (San Diego) – Compliance made me feel uncomfortable and unclean, but that’s exactly how it wanted me to feel. My chest kept pounding and it wouldn’t relent. A part of me wanted to look away, but I couldn’t avert my eyes. It was a grueling experience emotionally, and when the film wrapped up, it took a few days for me to shake it off. Chills coarse through my body as I write this, and my stomach feels weird.
Those are just several reasons why Compliance is one of the best films of the year.
August 27, 2012 (San Diego) – The 13th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival will be at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado September 1 – 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Southern California Plumeria Society and features a Flower Show competition with hundreds of entries a Plant Sale and live Hawaiian entertainment.
“Some of the most respected growers in the US are in East County,” said Mike Atkinson, an East County plumerian. East County has a number of prominent plumeria growers who will be participating in the flower show and sale:
August 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mystery fans are invited to read and discuss mysteries at the Whodunit Book Club, a free Grossmont Adult School class that starts September 4, at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave. The weekly class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library Seminar Room.
TROUBLING RISE IN ECTOPIC PREGNANCIES BAFFLES MEDICAL EXPERTS: 1 In 38 PREGNANCIES HAS THE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION
By Miriam Raftery
August 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – How common are life-threatening pregnancy conditions? The question is timely given the Republican Party’s platform calling for a ban on abortions, even when a mother’s life is at risk. Some who advocate outlawing all abortions have sought to justify the position by arguing that life-threatening conditions are rare.
But in fact, the most common cause of death in early pregnancy has increased dramatically.
Unsafe wiring and shallow foundations among hazards listed; where are the project's engineers?
By Miriam Raftery
August 28, 2012 (Ocotillo) – An attorney representing homeowners in Ocotillo has sent a “notice of dangerous conditions of public property” to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). The letter alleges that at the Ocotillo Express wind project, Pattern Energy is in the process of burying over 80 miles of electrical lines “without the use of any conduit or casement to prevent electrocution.”
Photos taken by ECM photographers indicate lines are only 18-20 inches deep – far shallower than the 48 inches required by the project Environmental Impact Report. In addition, the letter alleges that turbine foundations are too shallow, that massive grading has caused flooding, and that these designs were done without licensed engineers signing off on key project components.
August 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--With the recent Earthquakes and the anticipation of more aftershocks it’s a good time to review what to do before, during and after an earthquake says East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
August 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The 8th Annual Strut for Sobriety! is presented by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), an organization founded by a Spring Valley mother.
The event takes place on September 8 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a boutique and silent auction. At 12:00 p.m. the luncheon, awards ceremony and fashion show will begin.
By Miriam Raftery
August 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—High temperatures and the worst drought since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s have combined to fuel severe wildfires across the U.S. in the first 8 months of the year, wildfires have scorched nearly 7 million acres—on pace to make 2012 one of the worst years on record.
August 30, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Bellus Academy is offering complimentary spa services for active and retired servicemen and women September 4-8. The award-winning salon and spa has three locations in San Diego, El Cajon, Poway and National City.
August 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa David’s Bridal & Friar Tux Preferred Wedding Planner, Charisma Events & Consulting (CEC) host its second annual Beauty in the Bride Wedding Expo. Join the 2nd Annual Beauty in the Bride Wedding Expo on September 30, 2012. The Beauty in the Bride Expo will take place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. The event doors will be open to the public from 2-5 p.m. and will consist of a fashion show, raffles and San Diego’s Top Wedding Professionals will display their services and products.
A NEW PATH ORGANIZES EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY (AUGUST 31) TO REMEMBER LIVES LOST AND EDUCATE ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO OVERDOSE CRISIS
SUPERVISORS' CLOSED-DOOR VOTE TO PICK NEW CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER DRAWS NEW BROWN ACT VIOLATION ALLEGATIONS
By Miriam Raftery
August 24, 2012 (San Diego) – Last week, San Diegans for Open Government sued San Diego’s Supervisors for apparent Brown Act violations at a June 26 meeting.
Now, the group has sent a letter requesting a cure for yet another alleged Brown Act violation--this time at the August 8 meeting, when Supervisors announced resignation of Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard and went into a closed session to choose an appointment with no public notice or input.
By Brian Lafferty
August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – The first half of 2012 saw the release of not one but two films by British director David Mackenzie, although the second one never played in San Diego. The first was Perfect Sense, released in February. Although small in scope, it was quite a cinematic trip, a melancholia-saturated tale of two people who fall in love, a love tested when the whole world loses their five senses one by one. Perfect Sense was in some ways pretentious, it was heavily restrained in every respect (mood, acting, writing, etc.), and it was dead serious in tone. It's the type of movie that you either mock or you buy into and relish; I did the latter.
By Miriam Raftery
August 27, 2012 (San Diego)—Democrat Scott Peters’ Congressional campaign has issued a press release blasting his opponent, Republican Brian Bilbray, for a record on women’s rights and choice that “closely mirrors Mr. Akin’s,” Peters’ communications director MaryAnn Pintar said.
August 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County residents’ support for funding seawater desalination or other investments to enhance the reliability of the region’s water supplies has increased compared to last year, a new public opinion poll commissioned by the San Diego County Water Authority has found.